Mazda has confirmed plans to reveal a sedan version of the new Mazda2 next month at the Thailand International Motor Expo.
October 2014 Archives
The first Hyundai Elantra rolled off the line in 1990 and now 24 years later, Hyundai has announced that it has sold the 10 millionth Elantra. The Elantra, which is sold as the Avante in other parts of the world is Hyundai's first model, and one of only 10 cars in history, to reach 10 million sales.
At its recent national dealer meeting in Los Angeles, Lexus confirmed that a convertible version of the 467-hp RC F is in the works.
Toyota has announced that its new fuel cell vehicle will be put through its paces in the final installment in this year's Japanese Rally Championship, the 177 mile Shinshiro Rally held in Aichi Prefecture on November 1 and 2. The Toyota FCV that has been specially tuned and outfitted for rally racing will check the safety of the roads as a zero car.
Kia is bringing a unique version of the all-new 2015 Sedona minivan to next week's SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Minivans are good at hauling around people and all their stuff, but now Kia is demonstrating the Sedona's ability to be the ultimate kart hauler.
Scion has unveiled its lineup for the SEMA Show that kicks off next week in Las Vegas. Scion tasked six builders to create their own interpretations of the Scion tC, FR-S and xB with custom upgrades, individual style and creativity.
Thanks to the success of Tesla and its Model S nearly every automaker is trying to produce a Tesla-rivaling electric vehicle. It's being reported that Land Rover is currently mulling the idea of an electric Range Rover that would compete with the Tesla Model X crossover.
Porsche has announced the release of the uber limited Porsche Panamera Exclusive Series, which is going to have its world premiere next month at the 2014 LA Auto Show.
Ford has just announced that the updated 2016 Ford Explorer is going to debut next month at the LA Auto Show before it goes on sale next year.
BMW has taken the wraps off the second-generation 2015 BMW X5 M and X6 M models ahead of their world debut at the LA Auto Show next month. Both models are powered by a 567-hp 4.4L V8, which is enough power for a 0-60 mph time of 4.0 seconds.
It's being reported that the next-generation Land Rover Defender is going to enter production during the summer of 2016. We last heard about a Defender replacement back in 2011 with the DC100 concept and at the time 2015 was slated as the last year for the current Defender. The current Defender will go out of production in 2015 due to emissions regulations, but the world will have to wait at least a year later for its replacement.
Fiat Chrysler has announced plans to spin off Ferrari and list a 10 percent stake on the market as it seeks to raise funding. The spin-off is expected to be complete next year.
Mazda currently offers the Mazda6 in sedan and wagon versions, but could a new coupe join the lineup? According to Auto Express, Mazda is working on a coupe version of the Mazda6.
Scion has unveiled the new 2015 Scion tC Release Series 9.0, which features a unique two-tone exterior that was designed with help from Jeremy Lookofsky of Cartel Customs.
Audi has unveiled the 2015 Audi R8 Competition model, which is going to debut next month at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. The limited-edition R8 Competition features a 570-hp engine and racing-inspired, lightweight matte carbon elements.
The small crossover segment is growing rapidly with the addition of new models like the Jeep Renegade, Chevy Trax and Honda HR-V. Hyundai has been quiet about its plans to enter the segment, but now it's being reported that Hyundai is going to introduce a version of the ix25 small crossover in the U.S. in 2017.
General Motors is going to officially unveil the all-new 2016 Chevy Volt plug-in hybrid at the upcoming Detroit Auto Show in January, but GM has just revealed some details about its new powertrain.
Nissan has unveiled its newest concept, the Kicks concept at the the Sao Paulo Motor Show. The Kicks concept is a compact crossover that Nissan says was "inspired by the streets of Brazil and designed for its people."
Porsche is currently working on a new model that will slot in below the Panamera in Porsche's lineup and while the new model will take on rivals like the BMW 5 Series, it will also be offered in a full electric version. The fully electric model will be Porsche's first ever production electric car and will go head to head with the Tesla Model S.
At last month's dealer meeting in Las Vegas, GM showed dealers an image of a future Cadillac convertible. The convertible is part of a range of future models that Cadillac is planning on introducing.
Mazda has confirmed plans to unveil its newest crossover, the CX-3 at the upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show. The CX-3 joins a growing segment of small crossovers that includes new entries like the Honda HR-V and Jeep Renegade.
Toyota wants the world to celebrate its performance legacy and this year at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Toyota will focus on the past, present and future of its passion for performance. This year Toyota will showcase fifteen unique vehicles that Toyota says "underscore the company's commitment to truly push the limit of both man and machine."
Earlier this year Honda launched the all-new 2015 Honda Fit, but it wasn't easy. Production of the new Fit was delayed due to problems at Honda's new $800 million plant in Celaya, Mexico. The challenges with the Fit's launch have now reportedly pushed back the launch of the new HR-V crossover.
Subaru has released teasers of a new hotter version of the Subaru Forester crossover. The Forester STI will debut next month on November 25. What can we expect?
Small crossovers are set to become one of the hottest new segments and it looks like Mazda is getting ready to jump in with its new CX-3 crossover. It's being reported that Mazda may reveal the CX-3 at the upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show next month.
Toyota has has revealed the updates to the 2015 Avalon, which includes the addition of the new limited production XLE Touring Sport Edition.
BMW is going to unveil the new X5 M and X6 M high-performance SUVs next month at the LA Auto Show, which is still a month away. While we wait for the debut, BMW has released a teaser video of the X5 M and X6 M.
I wake up from a nap to find myself sweating in a car with the A/C off in the middle of the California desert. No this isn't a nightmare, my driving partner and I are trying to reach it to San Diego, which is over 100 miles away, but our 2015 Audi A3 TDI's gas gauge says were almost on empty. Why couldn't we stop for fuel? Last week Audi invited 18 journalists out to Albuquerque, New Mexico to take part in its newest TDI Challenge. This isn't the first time that Audi has set up a mileage challenge, since a similar drive was done with the A6 and Q7 TDI diesel models, but this time the only model in the challenge would be the all-new A3 TDI.
Kia is set to amp up the performance of its K900 flagship sedan at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas with a concept called the High-Performance K900.
There have been lots of reports about what we can expect from the next-generation Jeep Wrangler, which is expected to arrive in 2017 as a 2018 model. There have been reports about an aluminum body to save weight, but one thing that is going to stay is its body-on-frame layout.
The 2015 VW e-Golf electric car has received an EPA rating of 126 MPGe city and 105 highway rating with a combined rating of 116 Miles per Gallon of Gasoline Equivalent (MPGe). It also has a range of up to 83 miles and compared to other compact electric vehicles, the e-Golf is the most efficient car in its compact class.
Subaru is giving the XV Crosstrek a few updates for the 2015 model year, which includes the addition of its EyeSight driver assist technology and an updated infotainment system.
Ford has revealed a new driver-assist system that can reduce the severity of or even eliminate some frontal collisions involving vehicles and pedestrians. The Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection system uses radar and camera technology to scan the road and warn the driver if a pedestrian is detected.
Hyundai has announced the updates to the 2015 Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport, which now offer more standard comfort and convenience equipment for 2015, in addition to some refinements to the steering and suspension systems.
In addition to unique versions of the all-new Ford F-150, Ford has announced that it's bringing modified versions of the new Mustang to the SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Working with Galpin Auto Sports, Petty's Garage, MRT and many others, Ford will showcase over a dozen custom Mustangs at the show.
Scion has released two teaser photos of its new iM concept car that is going to debut next month at the LA Auto Show. The teaser photos don't reveal a lot, but it does give us a look a the aggressive front end.
Nissan has released a teaser photo of a new concept car that is going to debut next week at the Sao Paulo Motor Show in Brazil.
Mercedes-Benz is working on an update to the iconic G-Class SUV, but don't expect it to change that much. The G-Class hasn't had a redesign since it was released in 1979, but due to some upcoming stricter EU regulations, Mercedes has to give the boxy SUV a few styling changes.
The current Nissan Pathfinder was all-new for the 2013 model year, so for 2015 there aren't any big changes. The 2015 Pathfinder now starts at $30,395.
The 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show is just a month away and at the show Green Car Journal gives away its annual Green Car of the Year award. The 2015 contenders include the Audi A3 TDI, BMW i3, Chevrolet Impala Bi-Fuel, Honda Fit, and VW Golf.
Earlier this year Honda unveiled its new HR-V crossover at the New York Auto Show. Well almost, since Honda only showed a few photos of the small crossover. Honda is now going to officially unwrap the 2016 HR-V at next month's Los Angeles Auto Show.
Earlier this year Chrysler announced that the SRT brand was going away and that the name would only be applied to Dodge's high-performance vehicles. But what did that announcement means for the Chrysler 300 and Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT models?
Acura has announced that the "substantially new" 2016 Acura ILX is going to debut next month at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Acura hasn't released any significant details other than this teaser photo, but Acura promises that the 206 ILX will bring a sharper performance focus while delivering a greater set of high-value comfort, convenience and safety features.
It's being reported that the Mercedes-Benz is getting ready to resurrect the Maybach sub-brand with the debut of a new sedan at the Los Angeles Auto Show next month. According to Car and Driver, the new Maybach will be a stretched version of the S-Class that will be around 18 feet long, which will place it between the S550 and the previous Maybach 57.
Ford has previewed the special versions of the 2015 Ford F-150 pickup that it is going to bring to this year's SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Ford collaborated with SEMA builders to help produce the radical F-150 trucks that Ford hopes will help it win the "Hottest Truck" award for the fifth year.
Dodge has announced the pricing for the updated 2015 Dodge Charger, including the one that everyone wants - the 707-hp Charger SRT Hellcat. Pricing for the base Charger SE starts at $28,990, while the Charger SXT starts at $30,990 and the top dog Charger SRT Hellcat will set you back $64,990.
Jaguar continues to grow the F-Type lineup and even though buyers can now choose from two bodystyles and three engines, all versions have only been available with rear-wheel-drive. Jaguar is now reportedly going to reveal a new all-wheel-drive version of the F-Type at the Los Angeles Auto Show next month.
Lexus has revealed the pricing for the 2015 NX crossover, which starts at $35,405 for the base 200t model, while the NX 300h hybrid starts at $40,645, including destination.
This year BMW is celebrating the 15th anniversary of the launch of the original X crossover, the X5, which launched in 1999. The X5 is now in its third-generation and since its launch the X lineup has been increased to a total of five models. By the end of the decade that number will increase further with the arrival of the X2 and X7 models.
Audi has confirmed that its new concept that is going to debut at the LA Auto Show next month will preview its new design language. The concept is the work of new Head of Design Marc Lichte who was appointed Head of Audi Design in February 2014.
Honda has something to celebrate today, Motor Trend has named the refreshed 2015 CR-V has its 2015 SUV of the Year. The CR-V received high marks for "its extensive list of delightful design and thoughtful engineering improvements."
Porsche has confirmed that it will offer a diesel-powered version of the Macan crossover in the U.S.
A teaser of the upcoming Audi A9 concept has been released ahead of the concept's debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show next month. The concept is expected to take the shape of a large four-door coupe that will not only preview a new Audi flagship, but may also preview a new design language.
Ford has announced plans to hire 850 new workers to help build the all-new aluminum F-150 pickup. Ford is anticipating the need for new workers to help keep up with demand for the new F-150.
Toyota has announced that it's global hybrid sales surpassed the 7 million mark in September and that it only took the last nine months to sell 1 million hybrids. Toyota has also announced that including the hybrid vehicles launched this year, Toyota will introduce a total of 15 new hybrids globally through 2015.
Ford is reportedly planning some big changes for the next-generation Ford Explorer, which may see the popular SUV move to a new rear-wheel-drive platform. The current Explorer marked the first time that the SUV was based on a front-wheel-drive platform, but now according to The Truth About Cars, the next Explorer is set to return to its roots.
It's no secret that Acura has struggled for years to secure its place in the luxury market and with a lineup that is newer than many of its competitors, it remains to be seen if Acura will finally succeed. Even though the jury is still out, Acura is already working on another way that it could differentiate itself - all-wheel-drive.
Porsche just publicly admitted that the design of the Porsche Panamera is not great. Matthias Mueller, Porsche's CEO recently told Motoring that the design of the second-generation Panamera needs to improve significantly compared to the current model.
Earlier this year Ford unveiled the all-new 2015 Ford F-150 pickup at the Detroit Auto Show with the biggest update being its new aluminum body. With the new F-150 about to roll into showrooms the communication still centers around the F-150's "beer can" exterior, but what about the rest of the new F-150? Ford gave us the keys to a new F-150 for a quick trip around San Antonio, Texas to see how much has changed and there's definitely a lot more than those lighter body panels.
Want to be the first person in the U.S. to get the keys to the 2015 VW e-Golf electric car? Here's your chance: Volkswagen and Global Green USA have announced the auction of the first 2015 e-Golf. The auction, hosted online at Charitybuzz.com/vwegolf, gives bidders the opportunity to be the first owner of the e-Golf before sales kick off in the U.S. later this year.
Toyota has unveiled the newest Toyota Camry Race Car that will compete in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series competition beginning next season. Toyota has also announced that the redesigned Camry will also be used in next year's NASCAR Xfinity Series, currently the Nationwide Series.
It seems like news keeps coming out about Cadillac's future. We've already learned that Cadillac is going to change the name of all its sedans and crossovers, with the exception of the Escalade. Now Cadillac's boss Johan de Nysschen has confirmed that Cadillac is working on a model that will sit above the recently announced CT6 in Cadillac's lineup.
Subaru has announced the pricing for the restyled 2015 Subaru Impreza, which starts at $18,990 for the four-door and $19,490 for the five-door hatchback.
Last night Tesla unveiled a new all-wheel-drive version of the Model S, which features two electric motors and will be designated by the "D" designation. The big news is that the top spec Model S P85D model packs 691 horsepower, which is enough to give it a 0-60 mph time of 3.2 seconds.
Every year Neiman Marcus releases its Christmas Book for the holiday season that is filled with exotic gifts that are out of reach of most people. The gifts usually include special editions of unique vehicles and this year a special edition of the Maserati Ghibli can be had for a mere $95,000.
It's being reported that the Kia GT concept that debuted at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, has been approved for production.
Despite the fact that Honda just killed the Insight hybrid and even though the CR-Z hasn't met sales expectations, Honda is keeping the CR-Z around. Honda has just announced the pricing for the 2015 CR-Z, which starts at $20,935.
Ford killed off the Ranger pickup in the U.S. at the end of 2011, but now the automaker is reportedly mulling the idea of bringing the small pickup back the U.S. GM's recent success with the Colorado and Canyon midsize pickups has obviously forced Ford to rethink its truck strategy in the U.S.
Toyota has announced that it is giving away a Toyota Fuel Cell Vehicle (FCV) to one lucky winner in California. Toyota has partnered with Environmental Media Association (EMA) to give away the automaker's first zero-emission hydrogen vehicle when it arrives in California in late 2015.
It's being reported that the next-generation Audi Q7 SUV is going to take the stage at the upcoming Detroit Auto Show in January. Audi development chief Ulrich Hackenberg revealed the news to Indian Autos Blog last week on the eve of the Paris Motor Show.
Even though a an all-new Camaro is just around the corner, Chevy has unveiled a new special-edition Camaro SS that is going to debut at the upcoming SEMA show in Las Vegas. The special Camaro SS is going to arrive in early 2015, but Chevy is asking fans for help to come up with a name for the Emerald Green Metallic model.
Porsche has unveiled the all four of the 2015 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS models. Available as a coupe or cabriolet with rear or all-wheel-drive, the 911 GTS packs 430 horsepower and reaches 0-60 mph in a quick 3.8 seconds.
We're still about a year away until the Acura NSX returns, but we've recently learned some details about Acura's performance targets for the new NSX. NSX development chief Ted Klaus recently revealed that Acura is targeting performance that will be similar to the Ferrari 458, but with a price tag that is closer to the cheaper Audi R8.
This year in addition to unveiling the all-new third-generation Audi TT, Audi has also shown off the concept versions like, the Shooting Brake in Detroit, the Offroad concept in Beijing and the Sportback concept in Paris. Audi has obviously made it clear that a third version of the TT, following the Coupe and Roadster versions, is in the works. But which one is Audi going to produce?
Last week Lamborghini unveiled the Asterion hybrid concept at the Paris Motor Show and if you were hoping to hear about future production plans, you'll be disappointed to hear that it isn't going to happen. According to CEO Stephan Winkelmann, Lamborghini has no plans to produce the Asterion.
Volvo has revealed its new Drive-E powertrain concept, which is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that generates an awesome 450 horsepower. The engine is a follow up to the Drive-E engines that Volvo launched in 2013 and showcases how Volvo intends to downsize its engines, without sacrificing performance.
The Drive-E Powertrain Concept utilizes two parallel turbochargers, which are fed by an electrically powered turbo-compressor. The compressed air from this unit, rather than being fed to the cylinders, is instead used to spool up the two parallel turbochargers. Fuel is fed by a dual fuel pump working at 250 bar pressure. Volvo says that With this kind of power density, the triple boost installation and unique fuel system, there shouldn't be any turbo lag.
Chrysler has reportedly registered the "Trackhawk" name, which is now raising speculation of what the name could be applied to in the Jeep lineup. Why Jeep? Well it's obviously linked to the Jeep "Trail Rated" off-road tuned models, but could the Trackhawk name be applied to a high performance model?
Last month Buick took the wraps off the compact Envision crossover at the 2014 Chengdu Auto Show in China. It's been rumored that the Envision could join Buick's U.S. lineup and now it's reportedly going to arrive in the third quarter of 2015.
Next fall Cadillac is slated to release its new flagship, the 2016 CT6 and now it's been confirmed that the CT6 will be offered with a plug-in hybrid version. The plug-in CT6 will reportedly offer "industry-leading fuel economy upwards of 70 mpg equivalent," and the CT6 will also be lighter than the current CTS.
Although Ford has yet to release a Mustang that can rival the 707 horsepower 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, the guys over at Hennessey have the answer. What we have here is the 2015 HPE700 Mustang that tops the Challenger SRT Hellcat with a supercharged 717 horsepower V8.
Chrysler is going to release a plug-in hybrid version of the next-generation Chrysler Town & Country minivan late next year, according to CEO Sergio Marchionne.
It was reported that Porsche was considering a small Boxster-based roadster that would be smaller and less expensive than the Boxster, but now those plans have reportedly been abandoned.
Just last week Cadillac surprised everyone when it announced that it is going to change the name of all of its cars, which will adopt a new CT naming strategy. Now Cadillac Chief Marketing Officer Uwe Ellinghaus has revealed that a new naming structure will also be applied to Cadillac's crossovers, which will get the XT name.
Jeep is reportedly considering adopting an aluminum body and smaller engines for the next-generation Jeep Wrangler, according to comments from Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne. At the Paris Motor Show, Marchionne revealed that some big changes may be in store for the Wrangler to reduce its weight and improve its fuel efficiency.
Jeep has unveiled the limited edition Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Red Vapor at the Paris Motor Show.
Fiat has officially unveiled its newest model, the 500X crossover at the Paris Motor Show today. The 500X is now the sixth member of the 500 family and will be sold in more than 100 countries worldwide, including the U.S.
When Mazda unveiled the all-new 2016 Mazda MX-5 last month, Mazda failed to release any details about what will power the fourth-generation roadster. Now Mazda has confirmed that in the U.S. the 2016 MX-5 will be powered by a 2.0L Skyactiv-G four-cylinder engine, while other markets will get a smaller 1.5L engine.
Chevy has announced the pricing for the 2015 Trax small crossover, which will start at $20,995 when it arrives at dealers in January.
This week all the news is about everything that is being unveiled at the Paris Motor Show, but in about a week Tesla is going to debut something. What exactly? Well Tesla CEO Elon Musk just tweeted this picture and and stated "about time to unveil the D and something else."
Volkswagen has taken the extremely fuel efficient XL1 and turned it into something a bit more exciting, the XL Sport.
What we have here is Lamborghini's latest concept, the Asterion LPI 910-4 Hybrid concept. As a platform to showcase Lamborghini's new plug-in hybrid technology, the Asterion LPI 910-4 combines the style and performance that we expect from Lamborghini, but with a plug-in hybrid powertrain that can travel up to 31 miles in electric mode.
Audi has unveiled the new TT Sportback Concept, which is another take on the TT following the TT Crossover concept that was unveiled earlier this year. Audi has already confirmed that a third TT model will join the lineup following the Coupe and Roadster models, but it's not known if it will be a crossover or something sportier like this TT Sportback concept.
With a 0-60 mph time of 2.95 seconds and a quarter-mile time of just 10.95 seconds, the 2015 Corvette Z06 is anything but slow. Chevy has released all the specs for the latest Corvette Z06, including its starting price that starts at $78,995 for the Z06 Coupe, while the Z06 convertible is priced at $83,995.
Infiniti has unveiled the Q80 Inspiration concept that previews Infiniti's upcoming flagship sedan. Not only does the Q80 Inspiration concept hint at a new model, but it also provides a preview of Infiniti's future design language and powertrain technology.
Mercedes-Benz has announced the pricing for the 2015 S-Class Coupe, which starts at $120,825 for the S550 4MATIC Coupe. The S63 AMG 4MATIC Coupe starts at $161,825, while the V12-powered S65 AMG Coupe is priced at $231,825.
The Aston Martin Lagonda is back, but there's a twist - it's only available in the Middle East. The Lagonda sedan is based on the Aston Martin Rapide and even shares the same 6.0-liter V-12 engine.
Jaguar has released all the details for the 2016 XE sedan, which is going to debut tomorrow at the Paris Motor Show.
The Fiat 500X crossover is finally going to be unwrapped tomorrow at the Paris Motor Show, but two official photos have leaked a little early.
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